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    FPI Offshore Report 11/8

    Sea conditions were beautiful with calm winds and 1'-2' waves on the beach and pretty flat offshore of the inlet. Sardines at the 12 a bouy. Water temps in 80' were 77-78 degrees and water was dirty with weed mats from 60' on out to 120'.

    Stopped at some thicker weed/ debris in 70' but only some small dolphin and sharks in that. Saw a shrimp boat out in 100' with some boats around it so we checked it out. The guys on boat were up and culling like a chum machine. 5-6 boats at first doing the drift off the stern of the shrimp boat. Only couple sharks and one big bull that looked about 10' but we only had a couple cut offs.

    It was pretty much getting hooked up every drift. Cobia were thick and on the bottom and biggest fish were caught on live grunts and pin fish. There were a lot of small fish in the mix and we caught about 8 to get our limit of 1 per person with 3 of us on the boat. We did lose a few big fish and it was non stop solid pole bending action for about 2 hrs.

    With the new regs of 36" in federal waters it's good to have net on board as a fat 34"-35" cobia looks easily like a gaffer. Didn't get to weigh our fish but the bigger ones had no roe. End of summer all the big cobes we caught were full of roe.

    We came in to 80' for some snapper fishing and had some action but nothing like it's been this year. Tide was slack and no wind. No mangos at this spot for us and even on our slowest days of summer/early fall we have been able to get a few decent fish. We did catch yellow tail, small muttons, triggers and a few lane snapper. Bonus was a nice red grouper that ate a dead sardine. Nothing on the flat lines.

    Again the "Red Snapper Season" for the weekend and strong N wind with 8'+ seas. Good luck to those who make it out!

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    Thanks Bac Doc

    Quote Originally Posted by BacDoc View Post
    Sea conditions were beautiful with calm winds and 1'-2' waves on the beach and pretty flat offshore of the inlet. Sardines at the 12 a bouy. Water temps in 80' were 77-78 degrees and water was dirty with weed mats from 60' on out to 120'.

    Stopped at some thicker weed/ debris in 70' but only some small dolphin and sharks in that. Saw a shrimp boat out in 100' with some boats around it so we checked it out. The guys on boat were up and culling like a chum machine. 5-6 boats at first doing the drift off the stern of the shrimp boat. Only couple sharks and one big bull that looked about 10' but we only had a couple cut offs.

    It was pretty much getting hooked up every drift. Cobia were thick and on the bottom and biggest fish were caught on live grunts and pin fish. There were a lot of small fish in the mix and we caught about 8 to get our limit of 1 per person with 3 of us on the boat. We did lose a few big fish and it was non stop solid pole bending action for about 2 hrs.

    With the new regs of 36" in federal waters it's good to have net on board as a fat 34"-35" cobia looks easily like a gaffer. Didn't get to weigh our fish but the bigger ones had no roe. End of summer all the big cobes we caught were full of roe.

    We came in to 80' for some snapper fishing and had some action but nothing like it's been this year. Tide was slack and no wind. No mangos at this spot for us and even on our slowest days of summer/early fall we have been able to get a few decent fish. We did catch yellow tail, small muttons, triggers and a few lane snapper. Bonus was a nice red grouper that ate a dead sardine. Nothing on the flat lines.

    Again the "Red Snapper Season" for the weekend and strong N wind with 8'+ seas. Good luck to those who make it out!
    Thanks for the heads up about the cobia at the shrimp boat, we caught four only one keeper, good time. I was impressed with the low key tempo, everyone was courteous. The dive boat had some expectations, though all and all they worked with everyone. Thanks, again

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